When we found out we were having a baby boy, my vision of a neutral nursery of ivories and golds came to a crashing halt as I suddenly wanted the room to feel very boy like- with strong greens and dark blues and unmistakably boyish features. So I changed the natural taupe wallpaper to the hunter green safari, and charged on.
As you saw in our last post, I had quite the "blank canvas" to work with. Here's a little refresher on what the room used to look like:
But after seeing the little one on our first ultrasound, I quickly caught the nursery design itch and had all the main pieces picked out rather quickly. Crib, Glider, Dresser; check, check, check.
After finding additional gems on LandofNod.com and elsewhere around the interwebs, I placed the big order and patiently awaited the arrival.
The smaller boxes began to arrive one by one, but then it was time for the motherload. Al arrived home from work to find a few items already assembled (read dresser and chair) and a bounty full of cardboard boxes to unpack and put together. Immediately he got nervous thinking of the thousands upon thousands of parts and 50 page instruction books that surely resided inside these boxes. But much to his (joyous) surprise, assembly of everything was remarkably easy. Just a hand full of pieces and a few bolts and screws. My handy husband had it all put together within a few hours. Major dad points already!
As the parts and pieces began to come together, I became more and more shocked. This crazy vision may actually work! And the furniture ... let me tell you about this furniture: with each new piece I thought, "Oh wow, that's nicer/bigger/fancier than I expected!" With all of the elements in place, I took a step back to take it all in.
When we began this project, we were a little worried about the whole look coming together, since it was much more bold than we typically design for. But I must admit, it turned out pretty good. The whites and grays soften the bolder colors of the accent wall and rug- and there’s enough of a mix of patterns and solids to balance each other out as well. I’m not typically a theme girl, but we did weave in a soft safari theme throughout in a way that is subtle and understated yet present if you really look for it.
The closet was a fun little DIY project that Al tackled one weekend, since the current state of affairs was rather sad indeed. The walls were old and scratched up and the shelves were a classic handy-man special. It needed some love.
We wanted to be able to store a bunch of baby gear but still look nice enough to leave open to save on space. So we added shiplap to the walls for some texture, a few shelves and copper piping for the clothes rack, and we were all set. Closet improved.
So there you have it! A baby boy's nursery all ready for his arrival into the world. We sure hope he likes it and decides to stay!
- Crib: Keepsake Baby Crib (Greywash)
- Chair & Ottoman: Mod Nod Swivel Glider & Ottoman (Devote Pewter)
- Dresser: Simple Six Drawer Dresser (White)
- Rug: 8' x 10' Patina Rug (Blue)
- Rug Pad: 8' x 10' All Surface Rug Pad
- Bookcase: Cubic Bookcase (Grey, 8-Cube)
- Wall Mirror: Little Twigs Wall Mirror
- Hamper: Load Bearing Single Laundry Hamper
- Floor Lamp: Cinema Floor Lamp
- Table Lamp: Gumball Lamp (Grey)
- Changer Top: Changing Table Topper (White)
- Changing Pad: Simmons Contour
- Changing Pad Cover: Marine Queen Cover (Gold Dot)
- Side Table: Precious Metal Nightstand (Navy)
- Wall Shelf: Up Against the Wall Bin (White)
- Curtains: Antique Chic Curtain Panels and In the Dark Liner
- Curtain Rods: Double Cap Curtain Rod (White)
- Storage Bins: Kneatly Knit Rope Bin (Large, Medium, Small)
- Baby Gown: Twinkle, Twinkle Gift Set
- Baby Blanket: Lightly Striped Baby Blanket (Lt. Blue)
- Pillow: Whale Throw Pillow
- Elephant: Knit Little Elephant
- Lion: Corduroy Lion
- Swaddling Blankets: Up, Up and Away Swaddling Blankets
- Books: Rules for my Unborn Son & Puffin Classics
- Bunny: Big Fat Bunny Baby Toy
- Hippo: Hip Hippo Plush
- Bookends: Rhino Bookends
- Rattles: Animal Rattles
- Activity Gym: Wee Workout Baby Gym (Grey)
- Rocker: Arctic Rocker
- Quote Print: Courage, Dear Heart
- Animal Heads: Wool Felt Animal Heads
- Animal Prints: Animal Print Shop
- Paint: Benjamin Moore Grey Owl
- Wallpaper: Safari (Hunter)
Thanks to The Land of Nod for providing materials for this makeover project. All opinions are ours alone.